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This Saturday: No Borders! No Nations! End Deportations! Noise Demo by AF3IRM SF Bay Area

In recognition of International Women’s Day, AF3IRM SF/Bay Area calls on the community to join us in solidarity with all immigrants for a noise demonstration outside of the Bay Area’s largest ICE Detention Facility – the Contra Costa West County Detention Facility in Richmond, CA.

On March 11th, we stand with all immigrants, denounce the targeting of migrant women including, Guadalupe Garcia De Rayos, Jeanette Vizguerra, Valeria de la Luz, Ms. Gonzalez, Sara Beltran-Hernandez, & Daniela Vargas, and honor the ongoing resistance of women on the front lines, leading the fight against Trump’s racist (anti-indigenous, anti-black, anti-arab, anti-asian), xenophobic, and islamophobic executive orders & defying ICE arrests, raids, detention, and deportation!

Our solidarity breaks through walls! Bring pots & pans, drums, noise-makers, bull-horns, music, signs, your voice, your friends! Let this State and administration hear us loud and clear; immigrants are welcome here!

#NiUnaMas #Not1More #HereToStay

No Borders! No Nations! End Deportation!
Noise Demonstration
Saturday, March 11, 2017
3:00PM to 8:00PM
Contra Costa West County Detention Facility
5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA 94806
Contact: [email protected]

TRANSPORTATION:
If you plan on taking the bus, AC Transit route 71 will get you directly to the location. Carpools & caravans are highly encouraged.

For drivers, there are a few parking lot options in the area–
Attendees can park at the Richmond Parkway Transit Center for a $4 FEE and take the AC Transit Bus to the facility (via ROUTE 71).

Single trips on the AC Transit bus are $2.10 (one-way) and day passes cost $5.

The Route 71 schedule can be viewed on this website:
http://www.actransit.org/maps/schedule_results.php…

Additionally there may be available parking in the surrounding residential neighborhoods, on cross streets 1) Atlas Rd. & Horizon Dr. or 2) Giant Rd. & Phanor Dr.

ABOUT THE DETENTION FACILITY
The Richmond ICE Detention Center is located in a semi-remote area. We believe that this location and its architectural design are intentional. This place is purposefully built is to keep detainees locked far away from loved ones & to discourage the general public from being in the area. Do not let this inhumane construction discourage you; that’s exactly what they want!

Please also note that people and vehicles may potentially be subject to searches while on the ICE facility grounds. No firearms, weapons, drugs nor alcohol are permitted on the premises.

SAFETY:
Don’t go to actions alone; Bring a buddy or group!
Do not snitch on each other! Do not talk to police about yourself or anyone else. Use extreme discretion when posting photos & video on social media.

NATIONAL LAWYER’S GUILD (NLG) LEGAL HOTLINE:
415-285-1011 **Write this phone number in permanent marker on your body**

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS (KYR):
You have the right to remain SILENT, say “I am going to remain silent.”
You have the right to lawyer. Say, ” I want to talk to a lawyer.”
You have the right to walk away if you are not being detained by an officer, ask: “Am I free to go?” If they say no, ask “am I being detained.” Repeat, until you are told you are free to go.
Let it be known that you DO NOT consent to any searches. (Note: areas of the detention facility say that they may search people on the premises– please keep this in mind. Doesn’t hurt to announce it anyway).
We can film the police!

NOTE (KYR): Do not assume the authorities will honor or uphold your rights. It is likely that they will violate them. You are your best advocate– explicitly affirm these rights by vocalizing them clearly. Also, know that cops are allowed to LIE to you. GOLDEN RULE: DO NOT TALK TO COPS (unless it’s to say you aren’t going to talk to them )– anything you say can be used against you or other people.


En reconocimiento del Día International de la Mujer, AF3IRM SF/Bay Area invita a la comunidad a que nos acompañe en solidaridad con todos los inmigrantes en la demostración enfrente del Centro de Detención mas grande en la área de la bahía – Centro de Detención del Condado Contra Costa West en Richmond, CA.

El 11 de marzo mostraremos apoyo a inmigrantes, denunciaremos el ataque en contra de mujeres migrantes incluyendo a Guadalupe García De Rayos, Jeanette Vizguerra, Valeria de la Luz, Ms. González, Sara Beltran-Hernandez, y Daniela Vargas, y honoremos la resistencia continua de mujeres luchando en contra de las ordenes ejecutivas racista, xenofóbicas e islamofobicas de Trump.

Nuestra unidad romperá muros! Traigan hoyas, tambores, silbatos, música, carteles, sus voces y amigos! Haremos que el la administración nos escuche fuerte y claro! Inmigrantes son bienvenidos aquí!

No fronteras! No naciones! Fin a las deportaciones!
Saturday, March 11, 2017
3:00PM to 8:00PM
Centro de Detención del Condado Contra Costa West
5555 Giant Highway, Richmond, CA 94806
Información de contacto: [email protected]

#NiUnaMas
“Aqui estamos y no nos vamos!”

TRANSPORTE:
Si desea tomar el autobús, AC Transit route 71 lx lleva directamente a la locación. Les recomendamos que viajen juntxs. Proveeremos un mapa con estacionamiento que quede cerca de la locación cuanto antes posible.

ACERCA DEL CENTRO DE DETENCIÓN:
Lxs personas y sus vehículos serán sujetos a búsquedas mientras estén en el centro de detención. No están permitidas las armas de fuego ni las armas en general, ni tampoco las drogas o el alcohol.

SEGURIDAD:
Siempre traiga a algún/a compañerx; no vaya sin acompañamiento a las demostraciones.
No soples a nadie de la demostración! No hable con la policía sobre usted ni cualquier otra persona. Use discreción mientras utilize medios de comunicación social.

NATIONAL LAWYER’S GUILD (NLG) LEGAL HOTLINE (EL GREMIO NACIONAL DE ABOGADOS):
415-285-1011 **Escriba este número con tinta permanente en su cuerpo**

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS (KYR)/ CONOZCA SUS DERECHOS:
https://nationalimmigrationproject.org/…/know-your-rights-e…
Usted tiene el derecho a…
-Permanecer en silencio, diga, “Voy a guardar silencio.”
-Hablar con un abogado, diga, “Quiero hablar con un abogado.”
-Irse si no esta detenidx por un policia, pregunte: “¿Me puedo ir?” Si le dice que no, pregunte “¿Estoy siendo detenidx?” Repita hasta que le digan que se puede ir.
Que se sepa que NO TIENE porqué consentir a ninguna búsqueda. (Atención: ciertos lugares dentro del centro de detención tienen avisos para hacer búsquedas — por favor acuérdese de esto.)
¡Podemos filmar a la policia!

PD CONOZCA SUS DERECHOS:
No asuma que las autoridades honraran o apoyaran sus derechos. Es probable que violen sus derechos. Usted es su mejor defensor/a — afirme estos derechos explícitamente en voz alta. Adicionalmente, debe saber que la policía esta permitida a MENTIRLES. LEY DE ORO: NO HABLE CON LA POLICÍA (salvo que sea para decirles que no hablaran con ellxs )– todo lo que usted diga puede ser utilizado en su contra o en contra de los demás.


About AF3IRM
AF3IRM is an autonomous, transnational feminist, anti-imperialist organization entirely built by, run by, and led by women of color. We are an all-volunteer, grassroots organization whose members recognize the intersectionality of gender, race, class, indigenous, and immigrant struggles and the absolute necessity of transnational women’s revolutionary resistance.

Join AF3IRM for International Women’s Day and Women’s Month!

We invite you to join AF3IRM for our events for International Women’s Day and for the rest of Women’s Month! We are proud to be able to present the International Women’s Day March in Los Angeles for the third year in a row and to participate in the International Women’s Strike. We will also have  a noise demo in solidarity with all immigrants in the San Francisco Bay Area.

See our calendar below for more information.

2017 International Women’s Day and Women’s Month Calendar

Wednesday, March 1st
South Bay – Los Angeles (CA) | 7PM
Educational Dialogue on Present Day Fascism
Native Sol, 2018 E. 4th St, Long Beach, CA 90814

Thursday, March 2nd
Orange County (CA) | 6pm
Sign Making for International Women’s Day March & Rally
CSU Fullerton, TSU – Bradford AB

Friday, March 3rd
South Bay – Los Angeles (CA) | 7PM
Sign Making for International Women’s Day March & Rally
9530 Alondra Blvd, Bellflower, CA 90706

Saturday, March 4th
New York City (NY) | 2:30PM
Momma’s HipHop Kitchen: Still We Rise (AF3IRM Table)
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture 450 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY 10451

Albany (NY) |
Omega Phi Beta Sorority – SUNY Albany Chapter’s 19th Annual Philanthropic Banquet
AF3IRM is the beneficiary for this year’s banquet.

Sunday, March 5th 12 Noon
International Women’s Day March – Organized by AF3IRM Los Angeles
Starting @ LAPD Headquarters, 100 W. 1t St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/221499078304152/
For more info, contact: [email protected]

Wednesday, March 8th
International Women’s Day/International Working Women’s Day

Honolulu (HI) | 11:30AM
Guerrilla Action! Demand accountability for the state’s disregard for women’s lives – bring a purple dress on a hangar to symbolize a woman or community of women you want to recognize.
Queen Lili΄uokalani Statue, Hawai΄i State Capitol

Los Angeles (CA) | 3:00PM – 6:00PM
International Women’s Strike – LA Rally
Federal Building, 300 N. Los Angeles St.

New York |
International Women’s Strike – NY
3:00PM – Meet at Washington Square Park and MacDougal. Look for purple berets. for more info, message [email protected]
4:00PM – Rally @ Washington Square Park
5:30PM – March to Zuccotti Park
AF3IRM NY will be speaking at the International Women’s Day rally led by the Socialist Party (locale of NY), March 8, 4-8PM, Washington Sq. Park. To those who cannot miss work, please wear purple, red or black to show solidarity.

South Bay – Los Angeles (CA) | 7PM
AF3IRM Feminists Fight Fascism Political Open Mic
Native Sol, Long Beach

Washington DC | 3:30PM – 5:30PM
Women Worker’s Rising Rally – join the AF3IRM DMV contingent!
In front of the Department of Labor
200 Constitution St NW, Washington DC

Saturday, March 11th
San Francisco/Bay Area (CA) | 3:00PM
AF3IRM No Borders! No Nations! End Deportations!
Noise demo in solidarity with all immigrants
Contra Costa West County Detention Facility
5555 Giant Hwy, Richmond, CA 94806

Los Angeles (CA) | 5:00PM to 11:00PM
Las Fotos Project Presents Viva La Muxer Art and Music Festival (AF3IRM Table)
Plaza de la Raza, 3540 N. Mission Road, Los Angeles, CA 90031
FB Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/224925174619726/
Tickets: https://vivalamuxer2017.eventbrite.com/

Sunday, March 12th
San Francisco/Bay Area (CA) | 2:00PM-3:30PM (Workshop B)
“Gender Oppression Under Fascism and The Feminist Fight for an Anti-Fascist Future” Workshop
part of ROAR (Revolutionary Organizing Against Racism) Conference
CIIS, 1453 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Thursday, March 16th
Los Angeles (CA) | 6:30PM to 8:30PM
AF3IRM New Member Mixer
For women-identified of color interested in joining. Location disclosed with RSVP to [email protected]

Saturday, March 18th
San Francisco/Bay Area (CA) | 8:30AM to 6:00PM
“Immigration, Imperialism, & Insurgency! The Cycle of Political Trauma & Organizing for Liberation” Workshop
part of the Annual Empowering Womxn of Color Conference
UC Berkeley Pauley Ballroom, MLK Student Union, 2nd Fl

 

Join the Ray of Hope Walk in Berkeley, Chicago and New York!

Join AF3IRM and Omega Phi Beta Sorority for the Ray of Hope Walk to End Violence Against Women on Saturday October 8th!

The Ray of Hope Walk is an annual event hosted by chapters of Omega Phi Beta Sorority across the country. This year’s walk will be taking place in Berkeley, Chicago, and New York. AF3IRM is honored to be chosen as this year’s beneficiary of the Ray of Hope Walk.

To register, visit: http://bit.ly/rohw2016

About the Ray of Hope Walk:

The Ray of Hope Walk to End Violence Against Women (ROHW) was established by Omega Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated in direct response to its national philanthropy, Raising Awareness of Violence Against Women. The goal of the ROHW is to educate, bring awareness, empower, and mobilize our communities. The ROHW focuses on challenging women and men alike to be a part of the movement to end this global epidemic– in an effort to create a safe and equitable society for all.

SF Bay Area | Womxn of Color Discussion on Police Terror and Sexual Violence on Sunday, July 24th

Sisters – now is the time for Transnational/Womxn of Color to unite! We must love and protect one another. Our bodies, our children, our families, and communities continue to be under siege by colonialism, slavery, & genocidal processes of police terror, white supremacy, and hetero-patriarchy. Beyond dreaming about our collective liberation, we need to have real discussions on what transnational womxn’s freedom looks like. We must be willing to live it, act it, and breathe it. Our very existence relies on it.
AF3IRM SF Bay Area seeks to bring Transnational/Womxn of Color together to discuss the ways we are directly targeted by the police through sexual violence. We seek to raise the voices of the womxn who have had their lives taken by police murder, womxn who have survived police brutalization and state-sanctioned sexual violence, and those who are criminalized for existing as Black, Brown, Red, Yellow, Queer, Trans Womxn and politically repressed for engaging in self-defense. Police terror is a womxn’s issue! 
 
Join us on Sunday, July 24th in San Antonio Park in Oakland as we convene a womxn color discussion on police terror and sexual violence! Contact [email protected]for more info.
Womxn of Color Discussion on Police Terror and Sexual Violence
Sunday, July 24, 2016
2pm
San Antonio Park, Oakland, CA
For more info, contact: [email protected]
Womxn Discussion on Police Terror and Sexual Violence

AF3IRM Condemns Oakland’s Predatory Police, Demands Accountability and the Resignation of Pimp-Protector Libby Schaaf!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts
Daniella Navarrete, AF3IRM SF Bay Area Chapter Coordinator, [email protected]
Leah Sicat, AF3IRM Central Coast Chapter Coordinator, [email protected]
Carly Ritter, AF3IRM Central Coast
Catherine Mendonça, AF3IRM San Diego Chapter Coordinator [email protected]

NORTHERN CALIFORNIAAs an anti-imperialist, transnational feminist organization, AF3IRM condemns the predatory actions and systemic oppression perpetuated by the Oakland Police Department (OPD). Allegedly committed to combatting the sex trade and entrusted to serve victims of gender violence, the Oakland Police Department has instead given badges, weapons, institutional power, and impunity to abusers, traffickers and johns. Officers who are valorized under the guise of  “protecting the community” have repeatedly shown themselves to be the very predators who endanger our existence. Specifically,  AF3IRM denounces the OPD’s perpetuation of sexual abuse, exploitation, trafficking, and rape of Celeste Guap. We also unequivocally condemn OPD’s corruption and potential cover-up of intimate partner homicide against Irma Huerta Lopez. We in AF3IRM see the victimization of Celeste Guap and the suspected murder of Irma Huerta Lopez as attacks on transnational women of color’s bodily autonomy, survival, self-determination, and liberation.  We name this malfeasance and violence for what it is: the ruthless triple oppression of patriarchy, capitalism, and white supremacy.

For over 25 years, AF3IRM has waged the Purple Rose Campaign against the trafficking of women and children. The most impacted communities in the sex trade are women of color, girls of color, and queer & trans people of color. Globally, women and girls comprise 97% of those trafficked for sexual exploitation. Every 2 out of 3 trafficked youth are girls from the global south. California is one of the primary hotspots for domestic and international human trafficking in the U.S and local conditions in the Bay Area mirror international trends.  Trafficking reports from Contra Costa, San Francisco, Santa Clara Counties, and the city of Oakland demonstrate that Black and Latina women and girls are the most susceptible to sexual exploitation. In the Bay Area alone, 46% of all prosecuted human trafficking cases came from Alameda County, with the most common form of sexual exploitation in Oakland being homegrown domestic minor sex trafficking.   Oakland is also the epicenter of the Bay Area’s largest “trafficking triangle,” with International Boulevard as the city’s most active area for street prostitution — the same street where Celeste Guap ran from her pimp towards Officer Brendan O’Brien, who later became the first police procurer.

Contrary to opinions which express that the OPD “sex scandal” detracts from “the real issues”, we in AF3IRM recognize that the fight against police terror and sex trafficking are interconnected and aim to abolish both! We echo some of the same demands made by other organizations and collectives, such as the Anti-Police Terror Project, but as transnational women of color who recognize the deep machinations and intersections of oppression, we must demand much more.

AF3IRM’s Demands:

1. Investigate & hold OPD accountable for Celeste Guap’s sexual exploitation, trafficking, & rape!
All predator police, as previously stated by Anti-Police Terror Project, should be arrested and all officers who were aware of trafficking but failed to act should be fired. Furthermore, we in AF3IRM want a release of the names of all implicated officers and a full investigation launched by an outside agency that will investigate predatory officers participating in the sex trade. Their simultaneous roles as first-responders and perpetrators of rape and trafficking are undeniably dangerous to youth and women of color and should no longer be tolerated. Additionally, OPD must publicly state that coercion and enticement of a minor is never the fault of the child or youth.

2. Release the autopsy report to Irma Huerta Lopez’s family!
On June 16, 2014, Irma Huerta Lopez, wife of OPD Officer Brendan O’Brien, was found dead in his apartment. The death was first classified as a homicide, but then ruled a suicide. The investigating sergeants maintain that Irma Huerta Lopez shot herself twice in the head with O’Brien’s gun.  However, Paulina Huerta, sister of Irma Huerta Lopez, remains unconvinced: “Why were there two shots if she killed herself?” Even the coroner’s report stated that there was no visible gunshot residue on her hands; it also noted her death to be suspicious. The family of Huerta Lopez believes that O’Brien murdered her and that OPD did not conduct a thorough investigation. AF3IRM supports Paulina Huerta’s call for accountability and justice and the family’s repeated demands for a copy of the autopsy report.

3. Defund the police!  Commit funds to the community! 
In Oakland, nearly all services provided to sexual exploitation victims begin after arrest, often resulting in criminal records. AF3IRM stands against the criminalization of people in the sex trade since the policing of those victimized does not end sexual violence and instead seek an investment in the community. We demand that the Oakland police budget be cut by 50%. In addition, law enforcement funds for anti-trafficking, domestic violence and sexual assault response should be redirected into community-based programs–independent from police departments–that center survivors’ self determination and benefit the broader community. Here are a few places to begin:

  • Services for Self-Determination: Trauma-informed & survivor-centered services as designated first responders (such as Sexual Assault Response SART or Domestic Violence Response DVRT teams), reentry programs, community-run job centers, legal aid;
  • Health: Sexual/reproductive health care, community health clinics & low-income dental, community mental health & recovery services;
  • Housing: Tenant protections, low-income housing, emergency & homeless shelters;
  • Education: Public schools , after-school tutoring programs, extended library hours, trafficking awareness education (not to be mistaken for more cop trainings);
  • Children & Youth: Low-income child care, youth programs, foster & transitional-aged youth services.

4. Resignation of Libby Schaaf!
Time and time again, the Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf has demonstrated that she is a threat to transnational women of color and our communities. From the ban on nighttime street protests, which were instituted aggressively on the evening of the #SayHerName campaign to end police violence against Black women, to the seven deaths of Black men under her watch, and the diminishing of Celeste Guap’s abuse as “sexual misconduct” and “frat-house” behavior, Libby is not a feminist ally. Her role in political repression, her investigation on whistleblowers, and the violation of women of color and Black lives shows that her power is harmful, oppressive, and deadly. Libby Schaaf poses as an ally, co-opting the language of “toxic masculinity,” while sanctioning white supremacist, patriarchal violence against our communities. AF3IRM calls for Mayor Libby Schaaf’s immediate resignation!

5. Decriminalize Sex Trafficking Victims/Survivors!
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office blames Celeste Guap for not reporting her own sexual exploitation. According to their spokesman J.D. Nelson, “She never came to our agency with any sort of complaint,” thus they “had no way of knowing about this sort of conduct.” However, 28 East Bay law enforcement officers were directly involved in the trafficking of Guap, including 14 Oakland police officers, 5 Richmond police officers, 3 Alameda County Sheriff’s deputies, a Livermore police officer and a Contra Costa County Sheriff’s deputy. It is outrageous to expect the victim to report their sexual abuse to the police, when the cops are the very people perpetuating the harm.

In the case of Celeste Guap, Oakland police officers extorted her for sex in exchange for avoiding arrest. Coercion is not protection. The business of this trade and the criminalization of the sexually exploited puts the most vulnerable in the hands of oppressors to coerce, to violate their autonomy under the threat of arrest, and consequently channel them into the prison industrial complex. By ending the criminalization of those prostituted and trafficked, we enhance the possibilities for survival and safety. AF3IRM demands the decriminalization of people exploited in the sex trade and denounces all systems of sexual enslavement!

We in AF3IRM believe deeply in the liberation of womankind and in dismantling systems of oppression. We see through this state institution’s  so-called  “protection” and challenge the patriarchal violence that has run rampant to abuse and subjugate transnational women of color.

We are most vulnerable to sexual violence. Our bodies are already deemed accessible, criminal, and violable by the state. We must build real power, demolish the systems that ensnare us and our communities, and create structures, systems, and resources that can protect us and our families.  Denouncing the patriarchal violence, trafficking, rape, and murder of women perpetrated by the Oakland Police Department is just one step.  If we call for the abolition of one arm of the state, such as the system of policing, we also have to dismantle the systems that maintain it, namely patriarchy, white supremacy, and imperialism. We know “the existence of the state is inseparable from the existence of slavery.”  We aim to abolish all systems of enslavement- racial, sexual, and waged.

We call upon transnational women of color to get organized. Collective struggle calls for collective resistance. Together, we will apply pressure. Together, we will get our demands met. Our liberation depends on the work that we do together and the strength which our voices speak to power. Our oppression as transnational women of color has not only been social, emotional, and cultural but also material – and so must be our liberation.

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